Sunday, May 09, 2010

52 Weeks of Online American Digital Archives and Databases: Kentucky

This is the 18th post in a weekly series of Online American Digital Archives and Databases found for free at state, county, municipal, college and university history, library, and archive websites, as well as public and private library and museum sites, and historical and genealogical society sites.

Kentuckiana Digital Library - - finding aids database; digitized newspapers, books, images, journals (including the Daily Racing Form), and Sanborn maps; oral histories, and manuscripts.

Kentucky Genealogical Society - - genealogical index, military reports, vital records indexes, city directories, family files, cemetery records, obituary and newspaper article indexes, yearbooks, photos

Kentucky Historical Society - - digital collections (images, sound, video, text, photos, manuscripts, oral history, maps, etc.); Civil Rights Movment; Historical Marker database; Cemetery Records database; virtual library, and a link to the Kentuckiana digital library

Kentucky Secretary of State Land Office - - informative descriptions of records and searchable databases of  patents and warrants, including those issued to military veterans; gazetteers, maps, Louisville Genealogical Society journals; lots of great Kentucky land resources here!


Berea College Hutchins Library Digital Content - - college history, photos, oral history, radio broadcasts, Appalachian studies, and more

Centre College Library Special Collections - - digital collections (texts; includes Kentucky School for the Deaf), college archives (finding aids), early photographs, college history, biographical sketches of presidents, selected documents from Kentucky College for Women and other women's educational institutions, special exhibits, 1890 alumni search

Eastern Kentucky University Library Digital Resources - - photo and image database, map index database, Leslie Anderson Papers (photos of first graduating class and more), Walter J. Binder Papers (WWI photos and more), Board of Regents/Faculty Senate Indexes, Civil War Collection, Correctional Photos Archives (prison, rehabilitaion), historical resources, negative and photo collections, Anna Kadlec Papers (settlement house movement), Milestone Index (student newspaper), postcard collection, Jimm Taylor collection (photos from 1940 - 1965)

Georgetown College Special Collections - - lists of alumni, as well as those who become college presidents and members of Congress; memoirs of the college fire of 1930

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Appalachian Archives - - a searchable index of artifacts documenting the history and culture of the central Appalachian coalfields

Sullivan University System Archives - - "a reference collection of Sullivan University historical materials. Materials include pictures, newsletters, catalogs, and banners documenting the history of Sullivan University, Spencerian College, Louisville Technical Institute, and Sullivan-Lexington." Searchable indexes.

Transylvania University Gay/Thomas Library Special Collections - - Bullock Photograph Collection and Doris Ulmann Photographs

University of Kentucky Special Collections and Digital Programs Division - - postcards, oral history, online exhibits, Notable Kentucky African-Americans Database

University of Kentucky Vital Records Index - - indexes for Deaths (1911 - 1992), Marriages (1973-1993), and Divorces (1973-1993)

University of Louisville Ekstrom Library Special Collections - - photographic archives, digital collections (African-American, music, advertisements, postcards, photos, bookplates, maps, theses and dissertations, and more)

University of Louisville University Archives and Records Center - - digital collections (see description above), university history, online finding aids and subject guides, oral history center

Western Kentucky University Kentucky Library and Museum Online - - Civil War materials, quilts, arrowheads, paintings, diaries, furniture, letters, genealogy, clothing, maps, photos, postcards, oral histories, greeting cards, newspapers, land grants, campaign buttons, folk songs, scrapbooks, sheet music, toys and games, photograph record


Boyd County Public Library Genealogy Databases - - indexes for obituaries, cemeteries, marriage records, and surname files

Carriage Museum of America - - history, photos, descriptions, and more!

Daviess County Public Library Kentucky Room - - obituary index

Filson Historical Society - - while there is not an online collection per se, there are enough scanned images from various photo, postcard, manuscript, and scrapbook collections to make this site interesting and worth visiting. Finding aids are also available online; additionally, the current newsletter is online.

Henderson County Public Library Obituary Finder - - 1972 to present; 1972 and 1973 are being added

Jefferson County Public Schools Archives and Records Center - - school history, historic photos, reunions and alumni

Kenton County Public Library Genealogy and Local History - - digital library (atlases, journal, biography), family and local history files (cemetery, census, church, city directories, court, general, hospital, military, organizations, school, slave schedules, vital statistics), biographies, historical societies, National Historic Register, Northern Kentucky Heritage Magazine

Lexington Cemetery Genealogical Research - - this searchable index lists birth and death dates where known, as well as burial or cremation dates, disposition or cremation numbers, funeral directors, and interment location by section, lot, part, and grave

Lexington Public Library Kentucky Room - - Local History Index, lists of genealogical resources (many links are broken; you must use the site's search engine), postcard collection, Woman's Club of Central Kentucky Slides, funeral notices collection, Fayette County Cemeteries Index

Louisville Free Public Library History Resources - - while this list does not include online data, it is a very nice finding aid for Louisville and Cincinnati (Ohio) area genealogical and historical resources

Mammoth Cave National Park Cemetery Database -


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